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ENA TO XELIDONI (Greek song)

Postby PeterD » Mon May 17, 2004 1:55 am

Hi,

One of my favourite Greek songs is Ena To Xelidoni (One [is] The Sparrow). It represents to the Greeks struggle, hope and freedom. It is written by Odysseas Elytis, winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Literature for his work Axion Esti (Worthy It Is).

Here are the lyrics (in Modern Greek) to the song:

[face=SPIonic]Ena To Xelido/ni[/face]

[face=SPIonic]Ena to xelido/ni kai h a/noich akribh/
gia na guri/sei o h/lioj qe/lei douleia/ pollh/.
Qe/lei nekroi/ xilia/dej na ei/nai stouj troxou/j
qe/lei kai oi zwntanoi/ na di/noun to ai/ma touj.

Qee/ mou prwtoma/stora m'e/xtisej me/sa sta bouna/.
Qee/ mou prwtoma/stora m'e/kleisej mej sth qa/lassa.

Pa/rqhken a/po touj ma/gouj to sw/ma tou Magiou/
to'xoune qa/yei s'e/na mnh/ma tou pe/lagou.
S'e/na baqu/ phga/di to'xoune kleisto/
mu/rise to skota/di kai o/lh h a/busso.

Qee/ mou prwtoma/stora me/sa stij pasxalie/j kai esu/.
Qee/ mou prwtoma/stora mu/risej thn ana/stash.[/face]


The above lyrics were put to music by the great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis and sung by Grigoris Bithikotsis. If you would like to listen to this song (in real audio format) go to http://kypros.org/Occupied_Cyprus/epikt ... /video.htm and click song no.7 "To Axion Esti - Ena to xelidoni."

Close your eyes... relax... and listen to how beautiful Greek sounds.

Enjoy. :)

[face=SPIonic]ei)rh/nh ou) po/lemoj[/face],

Peter
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Postby mingshey » Mon May 17, 2004 3:28 am

Oh, great! It is one of MY favorite Greek song, as well. :D :D :D
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Postby PeterD » Mon May 17, 2004 4:00 am

Hi Mingshey,

It is nice to hear from you. I hope you, your wife and baby are doing well.

Another Greek singer that you may like is Petros Gaitanos. His voice is as sweet as honey. I heard him chanting this lovely Byzantine hymn, Oh my sweet spring, this past easter and I have yet to get that chant out of my head -- it's that beautiful! Check some of his songs (especially his hymns) at www.gaitanospetros.gr

I have to run. The HBO show,The Sopranos, is playing in 5 minutes! :)

Take care,

Peter
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Postby mingshey » Mon May 17, 2004 4:35 am

Thanks! Enjoy the sopranos! ;)
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